Meet the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Saltonstall Foundation is comprised of dedicated individuals committed to maintaining and advancing the mission of the Foundation. Each one brings a passion for the arts, and many are artists and writers from the immediate Ithaca area.
Barry Perlus, President, photographer, Cornell University Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Barry Perlus has been on the Board of Directors of the Saltonstall foundation since 2008. Although the demands on his time are many, he manages to give the Foundation the benefit of his careful thought and attention to the issues at hand. Of his professional life, Barry says, "My artistic practice employs photography and digital imaging, with a keen interest in observation and interpretation. My work often engages architectural and landscape subjects, using elements of scale, perspective, light, color, and abstraction to create new interpretations."
Robert M. Colley, co-Secretary
Robert Colley is a recently retired associate dean at University College, Syracuse University, and editor ofStone Canoe, a prize-winning journal designed to showcase distinctive art and literature from the entire Upstate New York Region, including many Saltonstall grant winners. He also publishes Vitruvius, a virtual arts journal that is distributed in Second Life, and has recently begun his own publishing company, Standing Stone Books. He is a published author, writing on literature, professional ethics and moral education, a published photographer, a tennis player and novice sailor.
Rachel Dickinson, writer, co-Secretary
Rachel Dickinson writes about science, nature, environmental issues, birds and birding, and travel. Past and present clients include The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation, AmericanStyle, National Geographic Traveler, Cooking Light, Islands Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Living Bird among many others.
Rachel’s first narrative nonfiction work for adults -- Falconer on the Edge: A man, his birds, and the vanishing landscape of the American West was published in 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. You can read her daily dairy in haiku form at www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com.
Bill Hastings, artist
Bill Hastings is a visual artist that works primarily in sculpture with themes inspired by nature and environmental issues. He received a BA in Planned Studies with Honors in Art from Ithaca College and a MFA in Sculpture from The University of Connecticut.
Bill lives and works in Ithaca where he is a part-time professor of studio arts at Ithaca College as well as co-owner of FOUND, a multi-dealer antiques business. Bill’s artwork has been exhibited locally and throughout the United States.
Being a board member of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts continues his interest in the Ithaca arts community. Bill co-founded the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, has been a member of the State of the Art Gallery, volunteers at the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, and is currently the director of the Gallery @ FOUND.
Michael Koch, writer, Senior Lecturer at Cornell University
Michael Koch is a fiction writer and serves as a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Cornell University. His teaching interests include creative writing (specifically the short story), the study of contemporary American short fiction, and the study of contemporary fiction of the American South. Since 1989 he has been editor of Epoch, Cornell's internationally distributed literary magazine.
Michael Moyer, Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, College of Engineering, Cornell University
Mike Moyer joined the College of Engineering in March 2014 as the Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD). Previously, for the past 6 years, Mike was in the same role in Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), where he oversaw all fundraising and alumni affairs activities. During his tenure in AAP, he oversaw the construction and completion of Milstein Hall, a new Fine Arts Library, multiple other capital projects, as well as numerous fellowships, scholarships, and new professorships.
Prior to coming to Cornell University, Mike worked in Development and Alumni Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in roles of increasing responsibility including major gifts fundraiser, and executive assistant to the Vice President of Development. Mike received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 2000.
Mike has been involved with the performing arts from a young age and is thrilled to serve as member on the Constance Saltonstall Foundation Board of Directors.
Bob Proehl, writer
Local writer and recent Saltonstall alum Bob Proehl ('13) joined the board in January.
Bob's short fiction has appeared in Stone Canoe, Essays & Fictions, The Cleveland Review and 400 Words, and he has worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatters.com. His first book, The Gilded Palace of Sin was published by Continuum Press in 2008 and is a non-fiction account of the brief career of a sixties country rock band.
He is a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction Writing. He grew up outside of Buffalo but now lives in Ithaca with his wife and stepson, and is looking for an agent for his first novel.
Terry Plater, painter
Terry is a painter who works in oils and pastels. She focuses on the figure, landscape and portraiture. Her education as an artist includes painting workshops at the Art Students’ League (NYC), the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown MA), and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia PA).
Terry earned a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a master's in architecture degree from Columbia University and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in fine art from Villanova University. She has more than 30 years of higher education experience: as faculty in colleges of art, architecture, and planning; and in senior administration as an associate dean for academic affairs in Cornell University's Graduate School.
Locally, Terry is a participating artist on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. Her work has been exhibited at the Community Arts Partnership's ArtSpace (2013), the Tompkins County Public Library (2012), the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center's "Made in NY" annual exhibit (2012), at the State of the Art Gallery new member’s exhibition (January 2012), and at the Community School of Music and Arts (2011).
Alice Saltonstall, musician, artist
Alice, Connie's younger sister, is a local jazz/improvisational singer who earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University. She has collaborated with various local musicians, most recently with Jayne Demakos who produced the CD "Beauty Crowds Me" for Hospice.
Alice is the mother of four children. She loves the Saltonstall Colony and would like her sister's legacy to grow and continue to support the artists and writers of New York State.
Werner Sun, physicist, artist
Werner Sun is a physicist and IT director at Cornell University. He received a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Caltech and a B.A. in physics from Harvard University.
Werner has a background in music and is also a visual artist who focuses on themes of randomness and uncertainty. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues in the Finger Lakes region and beyond, and he is a member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail.
Apart from scientific journals, his writing and artwork have appeared in Stone Canoe, Lunch Ticket, and Concatenations Forum. A committed supporter of arts organizations, Werner has previously served on the boards of The Upstairs Gallery and the Light in Winter Festival of Science and the Arts.